Early Career Fellowship Start-up Program for Named Fellows (ROSES 2019)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The Early Career Fellowship (ECF) program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This Program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for achieving high impact science that will lead the field forward with new concepts, technologies, and methods.

This program element solicits seven-page proposals for $100K in start-up funds from those who have previously been named an "Early Career Fellow" and have obtained a permanent track position, defined in Section 3.3. See Section 2 for eligibility to apply for start-up funds.

Proposals may be submitted at any time until March 27, 2020.

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

ROSES-2016 programs that participate in the ECF program are identified in Tables 2 and 3 of the solicitation by a “[3]” after the solicitation title. At the time this program element was released, the program elements listed below are participating in this program by allowing proposers to include an ECF application with their research proposal: • Emerging Worlds (C.2); • Solar System Workings (C.3); • Exobiology (C.5); • Solar System Observations (C.6); • Lunar Data Analysis (C.8); • Mars Data Analysis (C.9); • Cassini Data Analysis and Participating Scientists (C.10); • Discovery Data Analysis (C.11); • Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (C.12); • Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (C.13); • Planetary Science and Technology from Analog Research (C.14); • Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples (C.18); • Exoplanet Research (E.3); and • Habitable Worlds (E.4) (planetary science relevance only)

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for start-up funds, the PI must have previously been named an Early Career Fellow, see Section 2, above.

Proposals for start-up funds must be submitted in response to this program element within ten calendar years of the year in which the PI received their Ph.D. (or equivalent degree). However, see also Section 4.2.

To be eligible for start-up funds, the PI may not already be in a permanent position at the time of submission of their proposal for start-up funds. To be eligible for start-up funds, the PI must be in a "permanent track" position at the time of submission of their proposal for start-up funds. The definition of "permanent" position is provided at the end of this program element in Section 4.3.

Please note that this new definition does not affect Fellows who applied under the prior definition. Proposals submitted in advance of the November 17, 2015 change to this program fall under the rules laid out in the ECF program element that was active at the time the proposal was submitted (for more recent ROSES programs this includes the Step-1 proposal). Proposers who applied to be fellows after November 17, 2015, including all ROSES-2016 proposals, are eligible to apply for start-up funds only if they hold a permanent track position that satisfies the new definition. Fellows (or organizations) applying for start-up funds are strongly encouraged to communicate with the point of contact listed below to verify that the position that has been offered to the Fellow satisfies the requirement for award of start-up funds.

Amount Description

Eligible Fellows can apply for up to $100K in start-up funds under this program. The start-up package is intended to aid Fellows in establishing a research group or laboratory in their new position. This funding is not guaranteed and is subject to review. Fellows should submit their proposals for start-up funds under the sponsorship of their new institution.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 27, 2020